The Benefits Of Composting


The Benefits Of Composting

Composting is Good for the Garden There are a lot of benefits and good that composting can bring, but the most obvious benefit of composting is that compost is great for your garden. Whether you are adding it to different seed-starting mixes or container plantings, garden beds, or lawns, compost serves several important jobs.  

  • There are microorganisms in compost that help break down organic matter into plant-available nutrients, so plants can grow stronger
  •  When you add compost to the soil, compost increases the amount of moisture the soil retains, so you have to water less
  • Compost can clean up and repair contaminated soil, including soils that have been destroyed by prior pesticide use.
  • Compost can help prevent erosion.
  • Compost improves soil structure. It helps sandy soil retain more moisture, and helps break up clay soils.

Compost Enhances Soils Compost has the ability to help poor soils. The composting process produces beneficial micro-organisms which then break down organic matter to create humus. Humus is a rich nutrient-filled material that increases the nutrient content in soils and helps soils retain their moisture. Compost can also help contain plant diseases and pests, which reduces or can even eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers. Compost can also promote higher yields of agricultural crops.  

Compost Helps Cleanup Contaminated Soil The composting process also absorbs odors and treats semivolatile and volatile organic compounds. Compost can also bind heavy metals and prevent them from getting to water resources or being absorbed by the plants. The compost process degrades and can completely eliminate wood preservatives, pesticides, and both chlorinated and nonchlorinated hydrocarbons in contaminated soils.  

Compost Helps Prevent Pollution Compost is great for helping prevent pollution! It can help with keeping toxic gases from leaving landfills as well help prevent pollutants in storm-water runoff from reaching surface water resources. Compost has also been shown to prevent erosion on embankments close to creeks, lakes, and rivers. Compost can also prevent erosion and turf loss on roadsides, hillsides, playing fields, and golf courses.  

Using Compost Offers Economic Benefits Compost has economic benefits as well! It can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides. It can serve as a profitable asset and is a cheap alternative to the standard landfill cover and artificial soil. Composting also extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills and provides a less costly alternative to cleaning contaminated soil.  

Composting is Good for the Planet The other reason compost is the best is because it's good for the planet in general! The food scraps, grass clippings, dead leaves, and animal manures that are composted are turned into something useful instead of being dumped where they'll produce methane, which further harms the atmosphere. A healthy garden and a healthy planet are excellent reasons for composting!

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